Charlie Gard's parents in new fight to take baby home

Lawyers in Charlie Gard case to be back in UK court

On June 30, Pope Francis urged GOSH to respect the wishes of Charlie's parents, tweeting that "to defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all", the Pope tweeted.

The parents of Charlie Gard have ended their court action as they tried to take their terminally ill son to the United States for treatment.

"The care plan must be safe, it must spare Charlie all pain and it must protect his dignity".

"We have decided that it is no longer in Charlie's best interests to pursue treatment and we will let our son go and be with the angels", Charlie's father Chris said.

However, the hospital underlines, "an important result" was reached: "Charlie's life support has not been removed, before responding to his parents' legitimate request and before properly and thoroughly verifying the child's clinical conditions and all the existing possibilities of care".

Campaigner Amanda Cochrane said the initiative could "give parents the right to seek other opinions and treatment and not be bound by borders and courts".

Doctors at Great Ormond Street said the therapy would not help. "[Their] primary position is that Charlie's final days of palliative care... should take place at the family home".

But Katie Gollop, the lawyer representing the hospital, said Great Ormond Street would fulfil the wishes of Charlie's parents "if practical" and that his life support could not be provided at home.

Charlie can breathe only through a ventilator and has been at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London since October 11 past year.




"That would be a disaster", said Francis, as Charlie's mother shook her head in disagreement.

Grant Armstrong, representing Charlie's parents, told Mr Justice Francis that his clients' "last wish is that Charlie dies at home".

Great Ormond Street disagreed.

The father of critically ill child Charlie Gard says the infant will not make his first birthday in less than two weeks. Specialists at GOSH said the therapy proposed by a doctor in America is experimental and would not help. His care can not be simplified. "It seems the only option is a hospice", she said, adding that any alternative option must be found in the next 24 hours.

Mr Armstrong said representatives for GOSH had not visited the family home.

A judicial office spokesman said he did not know what the hearing was about.

The judge said any decision must avoid the risk of something going wrong at home, such as an accident involving removal of Charlie's ventilation tube.

The parents have been locked in a bitter High-Court battle with the world famous Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. Our judges are fiercely independent of the state and make decisions, having heard evidence and having considered the law.

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